The Essential Element of Knowledge is one of the five fundamental curriculum areas. This is of course the actual content of the programme, what is it that we are looking to teach in our school through the units of inquiry? What is it that we want students to know about? The knowledge aspect of the curriculum here at DSKI is delivered through our transdisciplinary units of inquiry.
Our units are arranged under transdisciplinary themes, which are the same for every year group, although they may be taught in a different order through the school year.
● Who We Are
● Where We Are in Time & Place
● How We Express Ourselves
● How the World Works
● How We Organize Ourselves
● How We Share the Planet
We will have a look in a later post in more detail as to what each transdisciplinary theme represents.
You will by now all be familiar with the fact that in our classrooms we don’t follow a set curriculum in the different subject areas which are all taught independently from each other. This is the typical style in various countries national curriculums. You will study maths in maths time, history in humanities time and so on etc.
This represents the profile of an International Baccalaureate graduating student. It is a common set of values, developed in all three IB programmes (Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, Diploma Programme), that transcend international boundaries and help develop internationally minded people.
“The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.” International Baccalaureate 2015.
The attributes that make up the learner profile are -
We don't have lessons that are specifically designed to teach the learner profile, rather exploiting learning opportunities built into the units of inquiry where it makes sense to do so, avoiding artificial or forced connections. It may even be as simple as using or modelling the attributes around the school. An easy example would be commending a child for being caring when looking after a new student, or for a quiet child being a risktaker when speaking during a school assembly.
It isn’t the responsibility of just the students, we ask that all members of the school community model the attributes....do you?
We are happy to publish our new programe of inquiry for 2020-2021. Our studnets will have units running though the year that we are sure will stimulate them to inquire, ask questions and become critical thinkers.
Your homeroom teachers will introduce the units for your grade level, but the units are not taught by yoru homeroom teacher alone. All our specialist teachers make connections to the units to provide a truely transdiciplinary programme, making connections between the subjects, concepts, approaches to learning and the IB learner profile.
Students living and studying abroad have a very special and often unique opportunity. To be able to interact and form friendships with children from different cultures and backgrounds, sometimes very different from their own and to be able to understand what values are important to them.